This week I traveled to the Midwest to speak at Ohio State, home of the Buckeyes, to an audience of 130 students.
The world is witnessing a resurgence of global anti-Semitism not seen since the 1930s and the “Final Solution.” In the Middle East, Hitler-admiring regimes like Iran, and Hitler-admiring parties like Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, are openly planning to finish the job the Nazis started. Even in America, until now the most hospitable place outside of Israel for Jews, the atmosphere is more hostile than at any time in the last 70 years.
Today we are witnessing a resurgence of global Jew hatred not seen since the 1930s when Hitler was laying plans for the “Final Solution” –the physical extermination of European Jewry. In the Middle East, Hitler-admiring leaders in Iran and parties like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are openly planning to finish the job that Hitler started. And in America, on campuses across the country, student groups explicitly echo the poisonous messages of these Jew-hating parties that hold events calling for the destruction of the Jewish state - the unavoidable meaning of their signature chant, “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free,” since the river is the eastern boundary of Israel and the sea its western boundary.
Three weeks ago we launched a campaign against the epidemic of Jew-hatred on American college campuses by publishing a list of 10 Campuses with the Worst Anti-Semitic Activity. Subsequently we sent letters to their administrations calling on them to remove the campus privileges and university funding for Students For Justice In Palestine, a terrorist supporting organization that is behind most of the anti-Semitic outrages to date.
Jew hatred is an ugly presence on America’s campuses, from UCLA to Columbia and everywhere in between. The anti-Semites masquerade as anti-Israel activists, but their message is clear: Jews must be cleansed from the Middle East.
This campus “conversation” must be changed. We should not be discussing whether genocidal lies – that Jews occupy land that doesn’t belong to them, that terrorists are “freedom fighters,” and that Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East is “an apartheid state” – are true or false. We need to be discussing whether a hate group like Students for Justice in Palestine should have official university recognition and whether its hate should be funded by student fees. We need to be discussing Students for Justice in Palestine’s support for terrorists and for the destruction of the Jewish state.
On Sunday, February 22, posters depicting Students for Justice in Palestine as a group that spreads Jew-hatred and supports terror appeared on a number of college campuses including the University of California, Los Angeles. SJP has accused the posters of constituting hate speech, specifically of being “Islamophobic” and “anti-Arab.” This is a typical SJP deception since the posters say nothing about Islam or Arabs.